More than 60 dead as Oromo protesters and Ethiopian police clash
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(#GrandMarch4Oromia, 8 August 2016) At least sixty people were killed during fresh clashes between police and anti-government protesters in more than 200 Oromia cities and towns since 6 August 2016.
Saturday’s grand rally was called by Oromo activists to express deep-seated mass grievances, country-wide anguish and suffering, widespread violation of rights that is perpetrated by the TPLF regime over the past several decades.
In the past 9 months alone, the Oromo people saw one of the bloodiest military response from the regime that murdered over 600 lives, shot and injured over 5000 persons, incarcerated tens of thousands and caused forced disappearances of thousands.
The regime has also rendered hundreds of thousands landless, jobless, homeless, and placeless. It has demolished houses of thousands who have been rendered homeless and left out in the punitively cruel cold weather of the rainy season. All this is mainly, although not merely, because of the people’s decision to protest the government’s Master Plan that illegally and unconstitutionally annexed their ancestral lands in and around the Capital Finfinnee/Addis Ababa.
This Grand Rally was staged in all the major cities and district towns of Oromia. This rally was a peaceful rally expressing the people’s general yearning for a just peace.
More than 100,000 people were participated on the #GrandMrach4Oromia in all major cities and district towns of Oromia. More than 1000 people gathered amid a heavy police presence on the capital’s main Meskel Square shouting slogans such as “we want our freedom” and “free our political prisoners.”
Police swiftly moved in to break up the protest.
“This is a mass movement of civil disobedience which is not organised by political parties,” Merera Gudina, chairperson of the Oromo People’s Congress group told AFP.
“People are totally fed up with this regime and expressing their anger everywhere”.